Board of Directors

  • Shahan Soghikian, Chair

    Shahan Soghikian is a co-founder of Panorama Capital, focused primarily on technology and consumer investments. He is a trustee of Pitzer College and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Q-Centrix and InMarket, and is on the LP Advisory Committee of Samsara Biocapital. He holds a BA from Pitzer College and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

  • David Beier

    David Beier is a managing director of Bay City Capital, a private equity and venture capital firm that invests in the life sciences sector, with a focus on biopharmaceuticals. He serves on the California State Government Organization & Economy Commission. He received a JD from Union University's Albany Law School and a BA in history from Colgate University.

  • Valli Benesch

    Valli Benesch is the Co-CEO of Fritzi Realty, a real estate management, investment, and development company. She is a graduate and fellow of the Wexner Heritage Foundation. Valli holds a JD from the University of Chicago Law School and a BA in History, with Phi Beta Kappa honors, from Stanford University.

  • Farah Champsi

    Farah Champsi is a venture capital investor, board member, and advisor to companies in the biotech industry. She has been at Alta Partners, a leading life sciences venture capital firm, since 2000. She is a trustee of Smith College and received a BA in economics from Smith College and an MBA from Stanford University.

  • Charles Cole, III, EdD

    Dr. Charles La Von Cole, III is the founder of Energy Convertors, an education organization focused on building student agency and lifting local voices to create positive change in public education. He received his doctorate in Educational Leadership from San Francisco State University, and recently published his first book, Beyond Grit & Resilience.

  • Matthew Cook, MBA

    Matthew Cook is president of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals and senior vice president of Children's Services at UCSF Health. He oversees strategic direction, operations and clinical services for all pediatric care in Oakland and San Francisco and partners with academic programs within UCSF. Cook earned his bachelor's degrees from the Wharton School and a master of business administration degree from New York University.

  • Henry DeNero

    Henry DeNero has held executive positions at Dayton Hudson Corporation (now Target Corporation), First Data Corporation, and HomeSpace, Inc. and was a senior partner at the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, Inc. He has served on a number of public company and nonprofit organization Boards of Directors. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Amherst College and a Masters in Business Administration degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He also served as an officer in the US Navy.

  • Diane Dietz

    Diane Dietz has been the president and CEO of the skincare company Rodan+Fields since 2016. She was previously the chief marketing officer of Safeway from 2008–2015. Earlier, she worked at Proctor & Gamble in its health and beauty sector. She has served on the board of Whirlpool since 2013. Diane received a BS in marketing and economics from Northern Illinois University.

  • Maria Echaveste

    Maria Echaveste is the President and CEO of the Opportunity Institute as well as a senior fellow at the UC Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies, and has built a distinguished career working as a public policy consultant, lecturer, a senior White House official, long-time community leader, and corporate attorney. She earned a BA in anthropology from Stanford University and a JD from UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall.

  • Samir Kaul

    Samir Kaul is a Founding Partner and Managing Director at Khosla Ventures, where he focuses on health, sustainability, food, and advanced technology investments. He holds a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Michigan, and also studied biochemistry at the University of Maryland and holds a master's degree in business administration from Harvard University.

  • Timothy Kendall

    Timothy Kendall is the CEO of Moment, an app that helps adults and children use their phones in healthier ways. He is the former President of Pinterest. Prior to that, Tim was Facebook's Director of Monetization. He earned his engineering degree and MBA from Stanford University.

  • Talmadge E. King, Jr, MD

    Talmadge E. King, Jr, MD, was appointed Dean of the Medical School at UCSF in May of 2015. He earned a medical degree at Harvard Medical School, followed by a residency at Emory University Affiliated Hospitals in Atlanta, and a pulmonary fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver.

  • Carolyn Klebanoff, MD

    Carolyn Klebanoff, MD, is a physician specializing in internal medicine, practicing in Berkeley, CA since 1985. She earned a BS in biology from Yale University and her medical degree from UCSF. Her general internal medicine residency was at the UCSF-affiliated program at San Francisco General Hospital.

  • Kathleen Newkumet, MD

    Dr. Kate Newkumet will serve as President of the BCH Oakland Medical Staff from 2020-2022. She is a pediatric cardiologist specializing in Cardiac Critical Care and Cardiac Exercise Physiology, with a medical degree from Wayne State University. She completed a residency in pediatrics at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii, a fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine at the Kapiʻolani Medical Center for Women and Children, and a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.

  • Robert Pedrero

    Robert Pedrero is the president of Pharr, Inc., a family investment firm. As an entrepreneur, he founded and sold companies in the real estate, telecommunications, and publishing industries. He received his MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and holds an AB in History from Dartmouth College.

  • Elisa Stad

    Elisa Stad is currently an independent brand marketing consultant. She has held various international business development and brand management roles at Benefit Cosmetics- LVMH, the Clorox Company, and Newell Rubbermaid. She holds a BS degree from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California and is a graduate of INSEAD's Asian International Executive Program.

  • Lisa Walsh

    Lisa Walsh is the Managing Partner of the San Francisco office of The Bridgespan Group, a global nonprofit organization that provides management consulting and other supports to mission-driven leaders, organizations, philanthropists, and investors. She received a BA in economics and International Relations from the University of California at Davis and her MBA from Harvard Business School.

  • Robin Washington

    Robin Washington is a member of the Boards of Directors of Alphabet, Inc., Honeywell International, and She also serves on the Presidents Council & Ross Business School Advisory Board, University of Michigan, and is a member of the Financial Accounting Foundation's Board of Trustees. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

  • Carrie Wheeler

    Carrie Wheeler is the CFO of Opendoor, a leading technology platform for residential real estate. Prior to that, she was a Partner and Head of Consumer and Retail Investing at TPG Global for 21 years. She currently serves on the boards of Dollar Tree and APi Group. Carrie received her Bachelor of Commerce with Honours from Queen's University in Kingston, Canada.

  • Melissa Williams

    Melissa Williams is the Managing Partner of Second Peninsula, a production company that creates video content for PBS NewsHour and other organizations. She is co-founder and co-chair of Notes & Words, a benefit concert series for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, which has raised over $12M since its inception in 2010. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Distinguished Directors

  • Lynne Benioff

    Lynne Benioff is the co-chairwoman of TIME, a Distinguished Director of the Board of Overseers of the UCSF Foundation, and serves on the board of directors of The Rise Fund, Common Sense Media and the Benioff Ocean Initiative. She received a BS from the University of Washington.

Lifetime Directors

  • Edward Penhoet, PhD

    Edward Penhoet, PhD, is associate dean of biology at the University of California, Berkeley and a Professor Emeritus of Health Policy & Management in the School of Public Health. He earned his BA in biology from Stanford University, his Doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Washington, and was a post-doctoral fellow at UC San Diego.

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